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Ophthalmology Residency Program

Each year, our residents gain outstanding and rigorous clinical experience in the Department of Ophthalmology as a result of high surgery volume and clinical pathology. We accept nine residents each year.

We strive to provide the best ophthalmic education possible. Didactic lectures presented by our full-time and clinical faculty cover all the basic science and clinical topics, as well as lectures that help fulfill ACGME competencies in medical knowledge, professionalism, system-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and interpersonal and communication skills.

Virtual Presentations and Tours: Get to Know the Department of Ophthalmology

Virtual Tours – Tag along with UT Southwestern Ophthalmology residents as they take you on a tour of the Department's clinics. In addition, you can check out and tour the entire UT Southwestern campus.


Welcome – In this presentation, learn what you should look for in a residency program and what we look for in a residency applicant.


Our Past and Present – See how UT Southwestern has grown to become a leading academic medical center.


Research – Learn how research has played an important part in UT Southwestern's rapid ascension and how our research impacts the Ophthalmology residency program.


Patient Care – Explore the facilities at which our residents and faculty provide patient care.


Education – Learn about the surgical curriculum and the faculty.


Residency Training – Find out more about our Ophthalmology educational program, including information on didactics and the integrated internship year.


Nuts and Bolts – Find out about salary, leave, insurance, coverage, and call.


Location – Also, explore why Dallas is a great place to live!


Summary – Also, see what our residents pursue after graduation.


Integrated Internship

Beginning in July 2021, we will offer an integrated internship.  For applicants matching with UT Southwestern in the January 2021 Ophthalmology Residency Match through SF Match, the internship year will be at UT Southwestern. We have chosen to fully integrate our internship (as opposed to a joint preliminary year model favored by many other ophthalmology programs, where interns are assigned to another program for the year and “loaned” back to ophthalmology for three months) to maintain direct control of the internship, to be able to build an internship schedule that will be applicable to the future practice of ophthalmology. Our ophthalmology interns will have the following rotations:

  • Hospitalist internal medicine (4 months)
  • Endocrinology (1 month)
  • Rheumatology (1 month)
  • Neurology (1 month)
  • Otolaryngology (1 month)
  • Emergency medicine (1 month)
  • Ophthalmology (3 months)

We are excited about providing an internship that provides skills necessary for the future ophthalmologist.


  • Clinical optics
  • Ophthalmic pathology and intraocular tumors
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • Orbit, eyelids, and lacrimal system
  • External disease and cornea
  • Intraocular inflammation and uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens and cataract
  • Retina and vitreous
  • Professionalism, ethics, and advocacy
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Socioeconomics and systems-based practice
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Biostatistics

Residency Characteristics

  • ACGME accreditation: Ongoing, with the longest possible 10-year review cycle. The Ophthalmology Residency Program exceeds the minimum ACGME requirements in all surgical categories.
  • A large heterogeneous patient population
  • An appropriate balance of supervision and autonomy in clinics
  • Supervision in surgery
  • Significant intraocular surgery before entering third year of residency
  • Full-time subspecialty faculty (minimum eight)
  • In-house intense didactics, including practice management and coding
  • Fellows who complement and do not detract from residency
  • Exposure to wet labs (close geographical proximity to Alcon, with hands-on phaco wet lab led by UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty at least twice a year)
  • Up-to-date equipment and adequate number of examination and ORs
  • Good ancillary services and support personnel
  • Cutting edge approach to surgery, including advanced phaco techniques and refractive surgery
  • Good esprit de corps among residents and faculty
  • Scholarly environment with strong clinical and basic research by faculty (who publish)
  • Associated with nationally renowned medical school
  • Serves a growing patient population


Surgical procedure frequency per resident as primary surgeon (Source: ACGME case logs July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Cataracts and intraocular lenses 281
YAG laser  23
Strabismus  40
Cornea 21
 (as either primary surgeon or assistant; 4 primary cases)

Glaucoma filters/shunts 7
Glaucoma laser  66
Retina (as either primary surgeon or assistant, with performing at least a key portion of the procedure in 4) 33
Retina laser  151
Intravitreal injections 444
Oculoplastics/Orbital surgery 72
Trauma surgery (open globe) 10
Total all primary surgery procedures 1,132

We far exceed minimum surgical requirements for training as established by the ACGME.